Is Lady Edith Downton’s Heroine?

The Washington Post is #TeamEdith. But is she really poised to be the hero of Downton?

As we approach the end of “Downton Abbey,” this doughty and sometimes delightful British import feels much the same as it did when it began airing in 2010: handsome, tied up in arcane plots about village governance, and celebrating the plot of progress, as long as it’s not too disruptive. But in one respect, “Downton Abbey” is ending on a delightful and somewhat expected note. Who would have expected that Lady Edith Crawley (Laura Carmichael), who began the series as a stereotypical cranky, petty middle sister, has emerged as the series’ most delightful heroine, and one of its most powerful illustrations of the personal power of social change.

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